Silence sings

March 2015: Kelly photographs the monument to Philip Kearney, who lost his arm, and later his life, in service to the Union Army.

March 2015: Kelly photographs the monument to Philip Kearney,
who lost his arm, and later his life, in the U.S. Army.

“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”  — Aaron Kilbourn

Today, on Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in listening.


  1. Cherie

    I will be listening for the mounful song of our fallen soldiers today. My uncle was paralyzed in Korea. I have had a member of my family in every war since the Revolutionary War. I am so proud of the men and women who give of themselves so faithfully.

    • Wow Cherie, that is a proud record of service for your family. It’s great that your family’s archives go back that far. I imagine that having an uncle whose life was so drastically affected has meant that you never forget the things that many of us take for granted. Thanks for being with us today.

  2. Hope you have a wonderful day too. Ours will be quiet. Thoughtful.

    • Thanks Marlene, our day was spent quietly too. Jeff and Matt always enjoy watching the PBS Memorial Day concert on TV, and he said this year’s was especially touching, dedicated to those who have been permanently disabled in war.

  3. I saw this quote earlier and almost posted it, but chose not to. As I read it again here, I am reminded of how profound and fitting it is for this day. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Thanks, Tony — I appreciate your presence here.

  4. MaryAnn

    Our freedoms came at a huge price. I thank the men & women who died for my freedoms. We must NEVER take the freedoms for grated nor the sacrifices. God help us to return our thoughts & actions to loving others because He loves us.

    • Mary Ann, freedom is such a fragile blessing, but it’s hard for us to see it as such when we’ve grown up surrounded by it. One of my favorite quotes from Ronald Reagan is “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” That quote will probably end up here on this blog someday. One reason immigrants are so important to us as a nation is that they bring us very real reminders that others are willing to risk much to live in the freedom we have always enjoyed simply by being born here. May we never forget!

      • MaryAnn

        Great quote from a great President!

        • I agree! Definitely my favorite among those who held the office in our lifetime. Have you been to see the recent updates at the library in SoCal? Gorgeous and well worth a trip down. You probably know this, but they have the entire presidential plane (flown by many presidents from JFK to Reagan) on display inside the museum. It’s fun to go in and see what the President’s plane looks like on the inside. Of course, the one in use now is even bigger.

  5. Good morning, Julia. Having just spent a day in Normandy, this Memorial Day meant even more to me. We walked through the Normandy American Cemetary, paused at grave sites, experiencing the emotion and the peaceful aura. Our guide picked us up at the train station and gave us 6 hours of incredible knowledge, pointing out landmarks, walking us onto Omaha Beach and driving us to various battle sites. It was incredible. God bless America! It’s so wonderful to be in Garden City. ✨ Sheila

    • Sheila, I have always wanted to see Normandy; I’m so glad you got to go there. I still know very little about D-Day except what I learned from watching Saving Private Ryan, which is a movie I think every American should see. A lot of people talk about how unbearable that opening scene is, but watching that scene is nothing to compare to what was endured by the people who were there, and the loved ones of those people. It’s really beyond comprehension.

      I know you are happy to be home! Welcome back to the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave, and the Verandah with Iced Tea! 🙂 ❤

      • From one southern girl to another, that’s as SWEET as it gets. What welcoming words!👩‍❤️‍👩

        • Y’all get yourselves some shut eye and get back on coastal time. As we used to say when I was little, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” BTW I was well into adulthood before I found out that there really are such things as bedbugs. I had assumed they were imaginary critters made up as a forced rhyme.

          • Of course! That was a part of my childhood bedtime routine, too. Just before, “Now I lay me down to sleep…..” 🙏.

            • Sheila, I used to say that rhyme too! I’ve read that it has fallen out of favor because the “if I should die before I wake…” part is deemed terrifying by some. I was a highly anxious child, but I don’t remember ever even thinking twice about those words! I was way more afraid of outer space aliens, Twilight Zone and getting bad grades, none of which ever turned out to be a serious threat. 🙂

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